Robin Balzereit: “Young people can fight for their interests through political participation”

European Youth Centre 18 September 2019 Strasbourg, France

A symposium entitled “The future of young people’s political participation: questions, challenges and opportunities” is taking place at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg (EYCS) from 18 to 20 September 2019. Organised by the European Commission - Council of Europe youth partnership, the...

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Promotion of local democracy in Georgia: a Congress/NALAG joint event in Tbilisi

Co-operation Activities 23 September 2019 Tbilisi, Georgia

A joint event focusing on the promotion of local democracy in Georgia will be organised by the Congress and the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG), on 24 September 2019 in Tbilisi. To mark the 20th anniversary of Georgia’s membership in the Council of Europe, the 70th...

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The North-South Prize 2018 awarded to Jaha Mapenzi Dukureh and Damien Carême

North-South Centre 13 September 2019 Lisbon, Portugal

Xavier Cadoret, Vice-President of the Congress, participated in the Award Ceremony of the 2018 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe held on 13 September 2019 in Lisbon, on the premises of the Portuguese Parliament. The laureates Damien Carême, France and Jaha Mapenzi Dukureh, Gambia, were...

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Anders Knape: Cross-border cooperation as a factor for cohesion and territorial development in Europe

Co-operation activities 12 September 2019 Turku, Finland

At the 9th annual meeting of the Conference of Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP), held on 12 September 2019 in Turku, Finland, Congress President Anders Knape stressed the importance of cross-border cooperation in reducing disparities between territories,...

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Meeting of the Congress Bureau in Strasbourg

Bureau of the Congress 11 September 2019 Strasbourg, France

At its meeting in Strasbourg on 11 September 2019, the Congress Bureau discussed the situation of local and regional democracy in Turkey and Albania, as well as the local elections in the Republic of Moldova (20 October 2019) and the Russian Federation (31 July 2019). The members of the Bureau...

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Congress President calls on Russia to allow international observers to strengthen the integrity of municipal elections

Bureau of the Congress 12 September 2019 Strasbourg, France

Following Sunday's municipal elections in the Russian Federation, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Anders Knape, underlined the importance of democratic framework conditions in order to ensure genuinely free and fair elections, in...

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Bureau Declaration: Ensuring sufficient resources for the Congress statutory and thematic activities

The Bureau of the Congress 11 September 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Bureau of the Congress adopted a declaration at its meeting on 11 September 2019 calling for the allocation of sufficient budgetary resources to enable it to carry out its statutory and thematic activities to promote local and regional democracy. The Bureau welcomed the support expressed by...

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Dosta! Congress award for municipalities: applications before 1st October, 2019

Dosta! 29 August 2019 Strasbourg, France

Every two years the Congress awards the Dosta! Congress Prize to three municipalities from Council of Europe member states that have put in place innovative and creative initiatives to efficiently integrate Roma and Travellers in the long term within their...

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Statement by the President of the Congress on the recent suspension of mayors in Turkey

Presidency 20 August 2019 Strasbourg, France

Anders KNAPE, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, made the following statement: "I express my grave concern about the decision of the Turkish authorities to suspend the elected mayors of three metropolitan cities in the south-east of the country,...

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High Level Political Forum: Anders Knape presents the Congress' contribution to the SDGs

Presidency 15 July 2019 New-York, United States

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Anders KNAPE, participated from 16 to 18 July 2019 in the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, organised in New York under the auspices of the United Nations...

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2019 European Local Democracy Week: Registration online is open

European Local Democracy Week 9 July 2019 Strasbourg, France

Local and regional authorities of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe are invited to register online to take part in the 2019 edition of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW), a pan-European initiative aimed at boosting local democracy and citizen participation, which is coordinated...

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37th Session: Mayors safeguarding democracy

37th Session 29 to 31 October 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will meet in Strasbourg, France, from 29 to 31 October 2019, for its 37th Session. Debates will be held on the cybersecurity of smart cities, the working conditions of local elected representatives, the fair distribution of...

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Miranda Rira: “Involving all levels of governance in Roma integration”

Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2 August 2019

The memory of the persecution suffered by Roma in the past serves as a reminder of the urgent need to put an end to the anti-Gypsyism which they continue to be subjected to in many European countries, said Miranda Rira, Congress spokesperson on Roma issues, on 2 August 2019, on the occasion of...

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Implementation of the SDGs: strengthening local and regional democracy, social inclusion and institutional partnerships

Presidency 19 July 2019 New-York, United States

The Congress implements Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by promoting inclusive societies based on human rights and citizens’ rights. As the sole body responsible for monitoring the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, it regularly assesses the quality of territorial...

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SDG Summit: “Involving cities and regions in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”

Presidency 18 July 2019 New-York, United States

EU Commissioners Karmenu Vella and Neven Mimica informed the global community, on 18 July 2019, on how the Agenda 2030 on sustainable development was being implemented by the European Union, on the occasion of the United-Nations High Level Political Forum in New-York. Congress President Anders...

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Congress President meets with UN Secretary General

Presidency 17 July 2019 New-York, United States

The President of the Congress, Anders KNAPE, met the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, on 17 July 2019 during a meeting with a delegation of local and regional elected representatives from several countries. In their message, the members of the delegation stated that...

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Sustainable Development Goals: local and regional authorities represented in PLATFORMA at the United Nations

Presidency 17 July 2019 New-York, United States

A delegation of 17 local and regional elected officials, including Congress President Anders Knape, actively participated in several thematic debates at the High Level Political Forum, at the United Nations in New York, as part of the PLATFORMA network, which brings together local and regional...

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Ukraine: Call for tenders to support the institutional development of the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC)

Call for tenders 15 July 2019 Ukraine

The Council of Europe is launching a call for tenders for the provision of consultancy services in the field of strategic planning and organisational development. This call aims to support the implementation of the project “Strengthening democracy and building trust at local level in Ukraine” by...

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Armenia: Call for tenders to strengthen the Communities Association of Armenia and transparent, participatory local governance

Call for tenders 9 July 2019

The Council of Europe has issued a call for tenders for the provision of international consultancy services in the field of local democracy, ethics, anti-corruption and organisational development. This call for tenders has been launched as part of the “Strengthening the Communities Association of...

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Anders Knape: “Local authorities can revive confidence in institutions”

Presidency 5 July 2019 Aix-en-Provence, France

“Rural exodus and progressive urbanisation have led to major territorial transformations in Europe, widening the gap between urban areas and peripheral areas” stressed Anders Knape, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, during the session entitled “How to Reconcile the Core...

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